October 2017
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 17th October 2017, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Ben Woodhead
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Dieter Renisch, Micheal Stephenson, Tim Barker, Dale Baxter, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Les Taylor, Larry Franks and Angus Kerr.

Apologies: Kim Allen and Dwayne Morgan.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 8th October 2017.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 8th October 2017, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn. Redland Bay Channel to Macleay Island.
Incoming tide, 22 deg C, 8 kph easterly wind.

Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6 powered by Subaru EA81
Peter Venn Hoverjet powered by Rowena 2 stroke
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Ben Woodhead Turbo XP 960
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge / Yamaha PE 485 - Phoenix.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Michael Stephenson Turbo Wedge 240 / Rotax 582 65hp - Baffle.
Dieter Renisch Turbo Wedge 225 - Places to Go
Steven Odgaard Bill Baker Vehicle 2 - Static Display

Arthur and Judy Stead visited, and Peter and Elaine Venn decided to stay and host the morning club cruise. Peter began by cleaning the cobwebs from the Expo Turbo 240 at 9:26 am. Les Taylor took his guests for a run in Phoenix. William Smith and son John 11 years of Moggill were each taken for a short cruise on the passage while the others prepared for the long haul cruise to Macleay, Lamb, Russell and Long Islands. Michael Stephenson and Dieter Renisch had a successful warm up run in Baffle, then Michael took Sue for the cruise with Angus Kerr and Neil Budworth in the Viper 4 Cruiser, Ben and Calum Woodhead in the Turbo XP 960 and Kim and James Allen in Zesty.

Dieter Renisch had a good start in "Places to Go" but when the Robin EC44PM reached operating temperature it lost power due to a suspected rich mixture. Peter Venn and Dieter spent some time in the Hoverport workshop and applied a temporary fix by inserting thin wire into the carburettor main power jets. This made an improvement but Dieter will make further refinements with new jets. Kim and James were separated from the rest and returned 10 minutes late so Ben Woodhead went back out at 10:58 am and found them rounding the north end of Lagoon Island. All returned safely at 11:04 am.
Rob and Sue Wakefield from the big catamaran joined us for morning tea.

Craft line-up


After the cruise

Michael Stephenson despite 2 successful runs in Baffle could not start his Rotax engine for a 3rd run. Even with a twin battery pack, the ignition failed on hot start. Angus Kerr in the Viper 4 cruiser lead the afternoon cruise with Peter Venn taking James as passenger in the TP6, followed by Les Taylor in Phoenix, Ben Woodhead and Neil Budworth in the Turbo XP 960 and Kim Allen in Zesty. This was a short run around Lagoon Island with a stop at Long Island to view a washed away pontoon.

James swapped craft and returned in Zesty. All returned safely at 12:25 pm. Les Taylor folded away the port-a-Ioo at 12:45 pm and after a refreshing lunch at Elaine's diner, most departed by 1:30 pm.
Peter Venn started the Hoverjet with a few tricks and some kind words (the hovercraft whisperer) and had a successful run on the passage at 4:00 pm.

16 people and 9 ACVs turned up for the day.

Safety announcement:-
All operators must stop at the top of Peter and Elaine's ramp before entering the water. It is getting pretty busy and we don't want any collisions. Same thing goes when returning. All craft must come to a complete stop at the top of the ramp before proceeding onto the grass area.

Other Local News:-
Safety boat to be permanently manned.
Angus Kerr offered to have more beanies made - $8 each.
Christmas party invitation from Les and Sandy Taylor Barbecue at their place 3rd December. 17 Waratah Close, MacKenzie 11:00 am.

Queensland State Rally:
The next next Queensland State Rally will be held at Lake Coolmunda over the 4 days: 6th to 9th of July 2018. Powered sites at the caravan park can be secured by phoning Troy or Idalia on 07 4652 4171 or 0418 665692. There will also be plenty of unpowered sites near the waters edge. Quiet generators are ok during daylight hours.
The lake has proven to be one of the most suitable hovercrafting destinations in Australia, as confirmed by the successful "Sam Waugh Memorial AHF National Rally 2017".

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 12th November 2017 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at 9:00am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.
This cruise will be in aid of a "Make A Wish" Foundation event which was organised by Ben Woodhead. There is a good chance that Joanne, Troy, and their son Josh will also be coming back up from Coffs Harbour again so that Josh can be transferred from his wheelchair to enjoy some flights with his parents.
Hopefully the weather will be a lot better than last time.

UBD Reference - Map 267 B-9.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2018 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Coopers Plains Library at 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains.
There is plenty of parking at the rear of the library building via Bosworth Street off Orange Grove Road.

UBD Reference - Map 200 D-13.

Anyone with an interest in air cushion vehicles is welcome to attend.
We discuss technical topics and plan cruises.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary